How to Make a Great First Impression

Can you make somebody likes you in less than a minute? Or even less? Apart from the amount of time that is needed to make a great first impression, you should realize the following fact:

First impressions illuminate your aggressiveness, attractiveness, character, competence, likeability, personality and trustworthiness toward others.

Probably, you would say, “Do not judge a book by its cover.”

Based on several studies, most of us judge someone’s character and personality based on their first impression.

Like it or not, judgments according to first appearance play a powerful role in how people treat others, and how we get treated.

Here are several suggestions that might help you to make a great first impression.

1. Smile

Smiling is the easiest way to create a great first impression.

Smiles indicate self-confidence, happiness, enthusiasm and acceptance.

When we smile, we express our self -confidence toward others.

Happiness is felt by everyone around us while we smile.

Give a genuine smile, and you will spread enthusiasm. Enthusiasm is contagious and brings out the best in you to the others.

Finally, by giving a genuine smile, everyone feels that you will accept them.

2. Laugh

Laughter is the best medicine for your heart and infectious, too. When you laugh, you bind people together, increasing happiness and intimacy.

3. Time

Time does matter when you want to create a great first impression. Moreover, you only have 100 milliseconds to create your good impressions (Todorov and Willis, 2006).

Prepare the first ten seconds to your best ability. Smiling, plus good body posture is a good combination to reach the goal.

4. Words

Pick your first words carefully. Use positive words so that people get a great impression of you.

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